Sit back with a steaming cup of Earl Grey while we take you around the world to explore the cakes and desserts savoured by locals across seas and mountains. From Iceland right across to Russia, each have unique flavours and moulds taken from recipes passed through generations of bakers and doting mothers.
Dorayaki – Japan
This pancake-like dessert is popular among both the old and young in Japan. It consists of two smaller pancakes that are sandwiched together with a layer of Azuki red bean paste. It is thought that the first Dorayaki was made by a samurai.
Mooncakes – China
These little pastries are made with red bean or lotus seed paste and are popular among the Chinese population. Mooncakes are traditionally enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival where friends and family gather to watch the moon rise.
Babka – Poland
At first glance, the Babak closely resembles a loaf of bread, however, once broken apart, an explosion of raisins and other dried berries give it a sweet burst of flavour.
Mawa cake – India
Mawa cake is made from solidified milk and is enjoyed around many tables in Indian families. Of course, no Indian dish is complete without spices; to give the cake some extra flavour, cardamom and nuts are drizzled on top.
Revani Cake – Greece/Turkey
Some say this cake originated in Greece, others say Turkey. Regardless of where it was first baked, this sponge cake made from semolina and lemon is the perfect accompaniment to a fresh cup of tea or coffee.
Black Forest Cherry Cake – Germany
The Black Forest Cake is the crème de le crème of all cakes and we’re sure that Marie Antoinette would have given her approval to this darkly decadent cake wrapped in cherries and whipped cream. This cake is as traditionally German as bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Galette de Rois – France
Translated from French, this cake means the “King’s Cake.” Traditionally eaten after Christmas, this buttery pastry comes with a rich, almond cream filling and is lightly dusted with icing sugar.
Kaab el Ghzal – Morocco
These little pastries which are also known as “Gazelle Horns” –crescent-shaped biscuits that are made from almond flour, cinnamon and orange flower-infused water. They’re the perfect shape for dipping into tea or coffee!
Destaye – Ethiopia
They may not seem anything to shout home about, but these delicate pastry shells are deliciously filled with raisins, pistachios, almonds, grated coconut and cardamom.
Kurtos Kalacs – Transylvania
These hollow biscuits are lovingly known among locals as “chimney cakes” because as they are taken out the oven, a spiral of hot, sweet steam slowly wafts through the air. These dainty tea-time favourites are dusted with sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, and coconut flakes.
Syrniki – Russia
This traditional Russian treat made from cottage cheese-infused dough is favoured as a breakfast and dessert among the sweet-toothed. In its simplest form, this dessert is a deep fried pancake topped with a choice of sour cream, honey, jam or apple sauce.
Guinness Cake – Ireland
Here you can drink your beer and eat it too! Ireland is famous for their Guinness jug-swinging culture and incorporating it into their food goes without saying. This celebratory cake is usually eaten during Christmas and St Patrick’s Day.
Sfouf – Lebanon
Don’t let the yellow colour of this cake put you off, made from turmeric-infused Semolina, the taste is a delightful surprise!
Snuour – Iceland
This lovely Icelandic cake makes the perfect centre piece where the entire family can dig in! Closely resembling cinnamon rolls, this doughy cake comes drizzled with chocolate and other sugary treats.
Sacher Torte – Austria
If Austria can be known for two things, it should be for their coffee and cake. The Sacher Torte is a bittersweet chocolate cake with a layer of jam filling which is often accompanied by a shot of espresso.
Brazo Gitano – Venezuela
This is a Spanish version of the Swiss Roll where exciting fillings such as strawberry jam, coffee cream and chocolate take your senses to sugary heaven. Among Spanish locals, the cake is fondly known as a “Gypsy’s Arm”.
Milktart – South Africa
Referred to as “melktert” among the Dutch descendants of South Africa, this childhood favourite is made from a sweet pastry crust filled with milk, flour, sugar and eggs.
Unleash your creativity and invent your own dessert or cake; you might just start a new tradition! For all things sugary, sparkly and pretty, CAB Foods has everything you need for a successful bake.